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verb     poke pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepoking
past tensepoked
past participlepoked
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to push something quickly with your finger or a pointed object

    Jane poked me in the arm to get my attention.

    The boys were poking the worm with a stick.

    poke at:

    Tom poked at the vegetables but ate nothing.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to put something into or through a small space or hole

    Poking his hand into the bag, Paul pulled out a cookie.

    See if you can poke one corner through, and I’ll pull it from the other side.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to continue beyond an object or surface
    poke through/out/from:

    A thin knee poked out of his worn jeans.

    Only her nose poked through her ski mask.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to quickly move part of your body somewhere
    poke something into/out of etc. something:

    Dad poked his head into my room and said dinner was ready.

  5. 5
    [transitive] on the social networking site Facebook, to get the attention of another member by using the “poke” function


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